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Orange Sauce Recipe

Sweet and tangy orange sauce is delicious in stir fry! It is easy to make at home, and perfect for bringing dishes like orange chicken and tofu with orange sauce to life in your own kitchen.

orange sauce in jars with a wooden spoon, ginger, and oranges surrounding them

Orange chicken was one of my favorite things to order takeout growing up. 

This recipe is inspired by the taste of something that you would buy at your favorite Chinese restaurant.

I have since stopped eating chicken, but that doesn’t mean that I have stopped craving that same tangy sweet sauce that just makes everything taste so yummy!

orange cauliflower in a takeout container

This recipe is what I used to make orange tofu, and vegan orange chicken (orange cauliflower) and it also makes a great sauce for veggie stir fry served over sticky white rice!

It is really so easy to make it yourself at home, and the flavor is amazing. 

I tested this recipe four times until the flavor was perfect.

The end result is a flavorful, easy recipe that takes just 15 minutes to make!

chinese orange sauce on a wooden spoon

What is orange sauce made of?

Homemade orange sauce is heavenly!

This sweet sauce is made of orange juice, brown sugar, pure maple syrup, rice vinegar, soy sauce, minced garlic, and minced ginger.

ingredients for orange sauce in glass bowls

How to make orange sauce

First, you will start with fresh minced ginger and garlic. 

Not much, as we want the orange flavor to be the star of this sauce! 

In a sauce pan, add 1 teaspoon of neutral flavored oil.

Cook the minced garlic and ginger for around 2 – 3 minutes, until fragrant. 

step by step images showing the ingredients added to the sauce pan to make orange sauce

Next, add the orange juice, brown sugar, maple syrup, rice vinegar, and soy sauce.

Heat for 3 minutes.

In a small bowl, make a slurry from 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and ¼ cup of water. 

orange cauliflower in a bowl topped with green onions

What is a cornstarch slurry? 

A cornstarch slurry is simply a mixture of cold water and cornstarch which is often used as a thickening agent in asian inspired sauces. 

up close texture of the orange sauce

Add the slurry to the sauce, and whisk for 5 minutes, until thickened. 

Your sauce is now ready to serve! 

orange tofu in a white bowl with sesame seeds and green onions

I can’t be the only one obsessed with orange sauce on rice! 

Honestly, that might be my favorite part of finishing my plate. 

This dish is perfect for veggie stir fry, orange chicken, tofu with orange sauce, or crispy orange cauliflower. 

Try making this at home and let me know what you think!

a spoon dipping into orange sauce

Is this recipe spicy?

No, it is not spicy. If you want a spicier sauce, add red pepper flakes to taste. 

I suggest starting with ⅛ teaspoon and going from there. 

a jar full of orange sauce with a wooden spoon in it

Is this orange sauce gluten free?

Yes it is! As long as you use gluten free soy sauce, all other ingredients are gluten free. 

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Orange Sauce Recipe

spoon dipping into orange sauce for chicken

This easy orange sauce is simple to make and tastes delicious!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes


  • ⅓ cup water
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil or other neutral oil

For the Cornstarch Slurry

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water


  1. Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil or other neutral flavored oil in a sauce pan
  2. Add the minced garlic and minced ginger and cook for 2 - 3 minutes, until fragrant. Stir often to avoid burning
  3. Add ⅓ cup water, orange juice, brown sugar, maple syrup, rice vinegar, and soy sauce and heat for 3 minutes, stirring often
  4. In a small bowl, whisk the 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and ¼ cup of water to form the slurry
  5. Add the cornstarch slurry to the sauce and whisk to thicken, around 3 - 5 minutes
  6. Add orange sauce to your orange chicken, orange tofu, orange cauliflower, or use as sauce for stir fry veggies!


To make this recipe gluten free, use gluten free soy sauce.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 589mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 1g

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Tuesday 14th of March 2023

I made some breaded chicken last night for the peeps to make the sauce they wanted to cover. This AM I made this sauce for leftover lunch and it was delicious!! The recipe makes enough to fill a pint mason jar. I put the leftover sauce in the jar and placed it in the fridge. I will be surprised it is still there come tomorrow AM.


Tuesday 28th of February 2023

A delicious sauce! Quick and easy to make - even quicker if you make it in the microwave. I added some red pepper flacks. Next time I’ll add a little more orange juice, but the recipe works beautifully as written. I’m so glad I found it! Thank you.

Rachelle C.

Sunday 19th of February 2023

I sure will make the Orange Sauce, also I like tofu. So it will be my next treat. Yummy

Gloria C

Sunday 15th of January 2023

It came out darker than what I was expecting, but, it was still good. I put it on frozen chicken patties for the last 5 min of cooking.

Marcy Grote

Saturday 29th of October 2022

Yes, even not using fresh squeezed! I squeezed the oj with my last orange, then ended up knocking the cup over while I was still prepping for the cook. But if there is a difference, no idea what that would be. This is delish! Now, what else besides cauliflower can I smother this in?

Joy Shull

Wednesday 16th of November 2022

Tofu, mixed veggies, chicken, beef, any protein, you name it!

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